Monthly Archives: October 2010

wednesday wisdom: the thursday edition

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
Anonymous (from last night’s Chinese takeout fortune cookie)


meatless monday: the NYC dining out edition

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like cooking on Meatless Monday. Fortunately if you’re in NYC, you have no reason to fret: vegetarian/vegan options abound for every breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert, and happy hour. One of my favorite blogs, GirlieGirl Army (“your guide to glamazon living”), posted this guide to eating in New York (Part 1!). Foodies will appreciate the list’s culinary aptitude (no “I’ll just have a green salad, thanks”), and vegans will appreciate the variety of offerings.

Babycakes gluten-free + vegan bakery: a stone's throw from my apartment in the Lower East Side.

I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of Babycakes, Wild Ginger, Teany, and One Lucky Duck. After seeing this list, dying to try Lula’s Sweet Apothecary.

Other great places:
Candle Cafe
Angelica Kitchen
Caravan of Dreams

What are some other places you’ve tried and loved?

wednesday wisdom

I prefer to think of faith (as Coleridge says of poetry) as “the willing suspension of disbelief.” So rather than thinking of it as the assumption or the taking up of a belief, it’s the willing suspension of disbelief—a willingness to be open, to explore, to investigate.
(Sharon Salzberg)

meatless monday: roasted squash

In honor of what was the first real fall weekend in New York, a simple squash recipe:
Cut a squash in half (think: butternut, acorn, delicata, kabocha, or hubbard variety). Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff and compost.  Lay face up on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and a bit of brown sugar or agave nectar. Bake at a high temp for about an hour (depending on size, check frequently). When flesh is soft and a knife pierces the skin easily, your squash is done. Serve with a dollup of sour cream or Greek yogurt and a side of brown rice and sauteed kale/chard/vitamin greens (hello, macrobiotics!). Also delish if you cube the squash and add it to your lunchtime salad the next day.

wednesday wisdom

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.
(Sylvia Plath)

meatless monday: tofu burgers!


heidi swanson's tofu burgers: a work of art!


Yes, I  know tofu seems to be the easy way out, but people, please: don’t these look amazing?! I’ve read and been inspired by Heidi Swanson’s blog 101 Cookbooks for years now, partly because I secretly envy her fearlessness with unusual ingredients, partly because her photography skills are incredible. Her experimental, easy-going recipes have graced our Thanksgiving table (Autumn millet bake), and our everyday table (vegetarian split pea soup), as well as our treat table (grown-up fig cookies). I particularly like the variations she offers for each recipe and her openness to readers’ comments and experiences with her offerings. For someone with minuscule amounts of cooking confidence, like me, who furiously follows recipes down to the last grain of salt, Heidi’s breezy, informal style has been enlightening and courage-boosting. Enjoy!

Heidi’s tofu burgers

wednesday wisdom

I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.
-Leo Tolstoy

traffic, movement, and energy in Mysore, India.